In addition to its free 8GB 4G weekend data, Hotlink Fast Prepaid is now offering free calls to 5 friendz. This is valid for 5 mobile numbers on Hotlink/Maxis network and if you’re on the new Hotlink Fast Prepaid plan.
A week ago, U Mobile had launched its new #GetClever prepaid and postplan plans that promise to give better value. It challenges its competitors with generous data quota, cheaper call rates and free 30 minutes of calls everyday within U Mobile’s network. For 2015, U Mobile says that they want to give customers the best value, be a challenger telco and most importantly be transparent to its customers.
It was brought to our attention, that the free calls offer isn’t as clear cut as it seems. If you’re going to make a lot of calls, there’s something you should know before signing up.
After 3 months, U Mobile has achieved its Vision 2 million target before the year is out. This was an ambitious acquisition campaign after kicking off its network expansion drive that includes a roll out of additional 1,000 3G and 1,000 4G LTE sites by end of 2015.
As promised, they are giving free on-net (within U Mobile) calls and internet usage for one day, on 18th December 2014 (Thursday) between 12:00AM until 11:59PM. This is applicable to all active prepaid, postpaid and broadband U Mobile customers.
So if you’re not a subscriber, you can sign up right before 18th December to qualify for the one day free offer. Just take note that the free calls are within U Mobile network only however internet will be absolutely free without any throttling. For more info, head over to their FAQ.
Xpax, the prepaid brand under Celcom today has introduced its new “Internet of Xpax” plan, which offers free calls, internet and games on a daily basis. On top of that, its normal voice calls rates are among the lowest from as low as 33 sen for 10 minutes while texting is charged at a block of 20 sen for 5 SMS
The freebies included within the plan are:
FREE Internet – FREE 10 minutes of Internet session up to 3 sessions daily.
FREE Games – FREE 10 games via *118#
FREE Calls – FREE first 10 seconds for all domestic calls within the same network
To activate the free internet, you would need to dial *118# and select “FREE Internet & Games” or you can active by sending IOXNET to 28882. You can activate a maximum of 3 sessions in a day and any subsequent use would be charged at 50sen/50kb, which is equivalent to a very pricey RM10 per MB. For the free games, the available game titles were not shared but you are entitled to get 10 of them daily by dialling *118# and select “Free Internet & Game”.
The challenger telco U Mobile has kicked off its new Vision 2 million campaign, with an ambitious goal of getting 2 million new subscribers on its network. Just recently, U Mobile has embarked on a massive network expansion plan where it will invest in building 2,000 new 4G LTE and 3G sites nationwide.
If it does achieve its goal of 2 million new subscribers by 31st December 2014, they will be making this coming New Year’s Day celebration extra special with Free on-network calls and Free Internet surfing on 1st January 2015. In addition, those that port in from other network to U Mobile Prepaid from 16th September onwards will get Free Internet for 1 year (250MB x 12 months), provided they top up RM30 each month.
For existing U Mobile subscribers, they are making it more rewarding for you and your friends to jump on board to their network. With every successful referral, both you and your friend will get RM3 free credit. That’s not all, you’ll also get 10% of their monthly top ups for the first 6 months.
Switching to U Mobile is rather easy as well. All you’ll need to do is to purchase a starter pack from any 7-Eleven and you can perform the MNP port-in online without the need of queuing up at a service centre. For more information, visit U Mobile’s Vision 2 Million page.
To achieve 2,000,000 new subscribers, U Mobile would need to get an average of 18,868 customers per day from now until 31st December. So far it looks like they are on track with their counter showing 17,500 for its first day.
As an immediate response towards the 6% prepaid tax, Tune Talk now offers free call minutes to all networks for top ups of RM10 and above. This gives more value to each top up despite the recent increase. While usual free calls are limited to the same network, Tune Talk’s offer is applicable to all networks.
The extra free calls are rewarded according top up amount and comes with a validity period as well.
RM10 top up – 10 min free calls with 1 day validity
RM20 top up – 20 min free calls with 2 days validity
RM30 top up – 30 min free calls with 3 days validity
RM50 and above – 50 min free calls with 5 days validity
Based on the rate of 16sen/min, that’s RM1.60 worth of calls free for every RM10, which comes out to 16% extra value. So looks like Tune Talk subscribers are getting more as a result of the recent announcement. Will other telcos follow? As mentioned before, the effects of 6% surcharge are expected to be compensated by extra freebies.
For more information, head over to Tune Talk.
Barely a year since launch, Tune Talk has announced its 1 million subscriber base. Quite an impressive feat considering it is a young MVNO. They have even created a cheap looking ad citing the lack of funds as they’ve focus their efforts and expenditure in creating the best low cost mobile operator.
In conjunction with this milestone, TuneTalk is offering FREE calls which we believed is free only within TuneTalk network as announced over twitter. TuneTalk is also running a contest that gives free trip to London for 2 for the highest top up user.
Check out our previous posts on TuneTalk here.
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U Mobile’s running a limited time promo from 1 February to 31 March 2009.
The Talk All Day, All Night promo offers up to 60min of free calls per day from the hours of 7am to 7pm daily and SMS cost 1sen in this period. Calls made after that (during 7pm to 7am) gets a 50% discount and cost 0.4sen/sec (normal price 0.8sen/sec). SMS cost 4sen.
After the 60min are up, calls are charged 0.8sen/sec. For calls to other networks, it appears there’s no change in the rates.
Free calls only apply for calls made within the U Mobile network.